Thursday, February 23, 2012

I'M READING...

I was drawn to Eva Ibbotson's books when I read Jenny Haddon's obituary of the author in 2010.

Her response to my query about which book she would recommend as a first dip was pure envy that I had them all to read.

I began with Madensky Square, and fell in love. Eva Ibbotson's writing is magical. They have that fairy tale quality of innocent and good young women who fall in love with powerful men. Her books are populated with wonderful characters - not all of them good!

The temptation was to glom her entire list, but I restrained myself, keeping them for those moments when you need a special book. I have read The Morning Gift, the Magic Flutes (which won Romantic Novel of Year) and I had A Company of Swans on my Kindle - a little gift to myself, waiting until I needed the perfect book.

This week I decided to read a Susanna Kearsley I had downloaded. I clicked the title, lay back in the bath and began. I was immediately swept up in the story but thought, this is very odd. This doesn't read like any Susanna Kearsley, I've read. If I didn't know better, I'd have said it was an Eva Ibbotson. And of course, when I checked, I'd clicked on the title above and had begun A Company of Swans by accident.

This is a magical story of a girl who finds the courage to defy her appalling father and aunt (very fairy story!) and run away with a company of dancers to perforSwan Lake m in the heart of the Brazilian jungle. I'm about two-thirds of the way through (you didn't think I could stop when I discovered my mistake, did you?) and it is utter bliss.

The hardest thing is to take is slowly, because I want it to last. I don't want it to end. How many books can you say that about?

10 comments:

Nina Harrington said...

Isn't it magical when you discover an author whose work is such a delight?
I loved Eva Ibbotson's "Journey to the River Sea" - the classic YA adventure set in the Amazon. Also admired by Michael Morpurgo of War Horse fame.
So many book... so little time... sigh. :-)

Liz Fielding said...

Sounds like that will be my next one then, Nina. And I loved War Horse.

Eli Yanti said...

wow.. the cover book so georgeous.

admitted that i'd so many books i wont them end but every story have the begining and ending, that's the rule ;)

Jenny said...

I'm so, so please, Liz. I will leave my much loved copy of her short stories on your bedside table on 5th March. You can't take it away but it might lure you back again.

Liz Fielding said...

What a treat, Jenny! So looking forward to seeing you.

Toni Sands said...

I'm pleased you've reminded me to read some of Eve's writing, Liz. I might just download something to my Kindle in a while! Have a great trip to London. Break an egg, as they say. I know you'll enjoy your time with Jenny.

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Liz said...

I agree with Eli the cover book is Gorgeous!

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Great Job! Love the Cover Book as Well !!

Anonymous said... said...

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